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Gap of Dunloe Tour ( Boat, Bus & Carriage)

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Killarney, Ireland
Gap of Dunloe Tour ( Boat, Bus & Carriage)

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icon5 to 6 hours  (approx.)
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Experience Ireland’s stunning Gap of Dunloe mountain pass and beautiful Killarney National Park by bus and boat on this tour from Killarney. Skip the planning involved in exploring independently, and admire the scenery on a bus to Kate Kearney’s Cottage at the gap entrance. Then, choose to walk or take a horse-drawn carriage ride (own expense) through the pass before enjoying a guided boat tour around Killarney's lakes and rivers.
  • Scenic tour of Gap of Dunloe and Killarney National Park from Killarney
  • No planning needed: get to and from the gap by pre-arranged bus and boat
  • Opt to hire horse-drawn carriage (own cost) or to trek the spectacular gap
  • Return to Killarney on a lake boat tour with guided commentary
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Bus Transport
Boat Transport
Horse and Carriage transport payable on the day in cash
Old Weir Lodge , Muckross Rd, Woodlawn, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

The Old Weir Lodge is 1 Kilometer from the centre of Killarney town. We offer free parking, Tea/Coffee is also available for purchase here prior to departure.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Killarney Day Tour
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Gap of Dunloe Tour ( Boat, Bus & Carriage)?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Gap of Dunloe Tour ( Boat, Bus & Carriage)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Gap of Dunloe Tour ( Boat, Bus & Carriage)?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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New Direction
, Jun 2022
First time I have dine this starting with the boats. I was apprehensive about taking this new direction. However, I equally enjoyed both the lake and pony trap. Our boat guide, Dermot was fantastic with giving us information about the lake and the pony guides were, as well.
Land, water and views of a lifetime
, May 2022
The views from all along this journey were spectacular. Our boat and carriage guide were both very informative. Unless you can hike miles uphill at a quick pace, get a carriage
Day trip
, Apr 2022
Beautiful views, lovely people who tell you about the history of the sites. Would recommend the day trip.
Not worth the cost and waiting
, Apr 2022
Unnecessary transport cost ,wasted time and money for something you can do yourselves very easily, cheaper and enjoy at your own pace. I'm a seasoned traveller and booked this tour ahead of time thinking to simplify some travel coordination with family during busy holiday. I really thought the convenience would be worth it. We were told pick up and tour START was at 10. We got on a shuttle at a nearby B&B and were driven about 1k closer to where we had just come from where we sat on the bus and waited with no driver or communication for about 40 minutes. instead we could have driven to Kate Kearneys ourselves and enjoyed extra time. We eventually get underway and pickup other travellers near Gap of Dunloe. When we get to Kate Kearneys cottage we were given no communication except to quickly hire and pay for a jaunting cart there. We spoke to 3 driver's who disappeared and waited another 15-20 minutes with no communication on whether we even had transport before being asked to split into two carts at extra cost (50 euro per person,100 euros per cart). No help from the tour to coordinate or barter or even tell us where to wait. The ride through the gap was beautiful but be prepared for your horse to jog/run through if you're on this tour because you're made to think you're on a timeline to get to the other end to meet the boat (not true) When you get to Lord Brandons lunch is not included and you need to have cash only to purchase otherwise you're out of luck. Because of the rush through the gap you have an almost 2 hr wait there before the boat which is lovely in nice weather but would be uncomfortable and cold in anything else. We were told no boats before 2 but find out through another local some boats were leaving early but we had no communication about the option. When it's time to depart there's nothing coordinated you just go up to the dock and hope someone finds you. We waited another 15-20 minutes after departure time to leave. A sprained ankle later we arrived at Ross castle where there was no instruction, sign or anyone to meet us. I had to send family ahead to make sure the bus didn't leave when I couldn't walk to the lot quickly. They had to try to find the bus and driver with no signs or posting. Despite all the waiting around everywhere else, no extra time is given to look around or even sit around Ross. Word to the wise? Drive yourself or get transport to Ross, pay for your own boat tour to Lord Brandons then hire a jaunting cart to Kate Kearneys. From there grab a cab or shuttle back. You'll pay half the price and have more time to do what you want.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and I'm so sorry to hear of your experience. We have raised the issue with the bus company and we're assured that the delay won't be an issue again. Thank you for bringing our attention to the issue.
A must.
, Apr 2022
Great way to spend a day in Killarney. We walked the gap and it was beautiful. Our boat guide was wonderful and very informative.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed our tour. We'd love to have you back again! Rory

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